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chuck brown, the father of go-go, dead at the age of 75. ahead, a look back at his life and the worldwide reaction to his passing. good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 today." today might be the perfect day. as we take a look sup it goiks to be a delightful day today. enjoy. we had a front come through overnight just with a few clouds. it shifted our wind into the north and that brought in somewhat cooler weather as we got into the 80s. yesterday. it dropped down into the 50s. that's most of the mountain region. shenandoah valley and areas to the west and north of washington. that includes the counties. mid-60s in washington now. all this area in the lighter gre green. it jea it's generally in the 60s. now, hometown forecast for leesburg, loudoun county, night the 50s there now and by noontime should be in the 60s with a few clouds about. peek near 70 by the afternoon thflt time tomorrow morning all the way whack down the 40s. a chilly start to friday. we'll look at your day planner in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic now? >> not looking very nicely at auchl
brown didn't stop until he had to. he had concert dates lined up in the district. when he got sick and ended up in the hospital. tonight, the man behind busting loose and so many distinctive songs has died. we'll start our team coverage with audrey barnes. >> by early afternoon, chuck brown's manager confirm what many feared was coming for weeks. the legendary singer and guitarist was dead. it didn't take long for radio stations to start playing all the hits and for people to take to the streets to remember him. an impromptu vigil at the howard theater swelled to the hundreds. fans and friends of d.c. great, chuck brown, gathered to remember him. radio station, wkys pumped out a stream of his songs. brown was supposed to hold a concert at the howard last month, but had to cancel when he fell ill. >> he just put d.c. on the map. >> on the ♪ [ musical map, that is. he helped launch a new genera in d.c. called go-go. busting loose grew his fan base over time. brown received his first grammy nomination in 2010 for a duo called love. his family is asking for privacy, but not befor
for you from the country to the inner city ♪ >>> chuck brown passed way yesterday after a short bout with pneumonia at age 75. he was the founder of go-go, a sound that came to define the district. >> this morning the city that loved him so much is showed their love for him. dancing out in the streets in north washington last night and tracee wilkins is live outside that theater this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. chuck brown created this music in the '70s and has been playing it all of this time. i can tell you i have never seen the actual end of a chuck brown concert because i get tired have and go home. he would keep playing with all of this energy and enthusiasm like he was still 20 30r years old. in his 70s would play for hours and hours. i mean nonstop. no intermission. no breaks. this was music about the people of d.c. and the people of d.c. were in it and helped to create it. it's fitting that would want to come here and pay tribute to him. let me show you what it looked like last night. as you said, thousands of people dancing in the streets. his da
has done a profile on chuck brown. i have been here over 30 years. so i said chuck, can i do a profile? he said of course. nobody asked to talk to me. we stood on u street. you can see some of the shots. people wanting a hug from him. chuck is the man. he started out, he went to lorton. that's where he got a chance to get his life together. he learned to play guitar, he got some education. he started this go go thing, except for busting loose, didn't go much further than d.c., but everybody samples their work. but chuck brown, you know, we love him and i got to show you this piece we did, derek, six years ago on chuck brown. that first piece that was done on him in a long time. >> when i say chuck brown, what do you think of? >> god father of soul. >> i thought that was james brown? >> no, that's chuck brown. >> he's been around for years. since i was a little boy. >> okay, i'm just happy to be here. i'm pushing 70. chuck brown, the father of d.c.'s go go sounds. he entertained three different general generations. he is right up there with luke elington, and marvin gay. chuck di
became d.c. classics. tonight the entire area mourning the loss of chuck brown, who has died at the age of 75. few artists in our town have had the enduring impact chuck brown had. a month or so ago he was admitted to john hopkins hospital with a publicly undisclosed illness. since that time, the rumor mill was filled with stories about his condition and whether indeed he was even still alive. today it was confirmed chuck brown has died. reportedly from complications with pneumonia. ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's musical career spanned some 50 years. there was seldom a moment when he and his guitar were not together jamming out in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the early '70s chuck brown was coming into his own and go-go was born. the godfather of go-go what the world came to call brown, creator of a musical genre that became synonymous with d.c. brown described it as jazz infused funk music with latin and african flairs driven by percussian and accente
. >>> washington, d.c. came to a standstill and all you could hear was chuck brown on the air waves. the godfather of go-go died at johns hopkins hospital yesterday. he had been battling pneumonia. he was 75 years old. delia goncalves takes a look at how fans are remembering the legend. >> reporter: we are in a studios of pgc where the deejays and fans are remembering the life and music of chuck brown. >> we are here to celebrate 30 years of go-go today. we want to take your phone calls. >> reporter: dedicating yet another day to d.c. icon and music legend chuck brown, memories from the personalities. >> this man does he really touches so many people and i don't think it's just the music, it's his personality. >> you think about chuck brown not a music that he didn't touch. he had a gospel song. >> reporter: the fans phoning in. >> i'm almost 50 years old and he's always been a part of my life. i knew when i heard his music that i was going to have a good time. >> it cost in 25 cents -- that was between '70 and '74. >> how you doing today? >> i'm all right, better than yesterday you know. had the
was "say what?" we are asking you to share your condolences and thoughts about chuck brown on our web site and facebook page. we will be covering this the route the newscast and we will bring you the latest as soon as we can. >> i like many will say the first thing i remember about chuck brown is his voice. he had a voice you would never forget. many people are already sharing this story on facebook, twitter, and our web site as well. we invite all of you out there to go to any social media outlet to join and remembering check brown, his music, his influence. we will have more on his passing coming up at 5:30 at 6:00. >> now we turn to some other days. drive through the district and you snowcat -- traffic cameras candy you anywhere. they will add 88 more traffic cameras and that has a driver's crying foul. >> the d.c. government insists it is all about safety. the city is trying to generate nearly 50% more in revenue from traffic cameras in the next fiscal year than it did in the last. but no enforcement has traditionally been getting tickets for running red lights and speeding. >> making
. candidate b, is brown who was a candidate for mayor back then. in these charges the assistant treasurer for the gray campaign is charged with using funds from the gray campaign to purchase money orders. count one talked about a $100 money order. count two talked about a $335 money order. count 3 talked about a $100 money order and they say this money was taken from the gray campaign, money orders were purchased and then the money was turned over to candidate b, and we are told that is brown. the most serious charge carries 20 years in prison, obstruction of justice and what prosecutors are charging in this charge is that the assistant treasurer had the intent to impede, obstruct and influence the investigation, that is the one that gets you serious jail time. just quickly, giving you background, j.c., you call brown, a minor candidate for mayor, claims vincent gray and staffers solicited him to continue criticizing the incumbent mayor at the time. he says it was a quid pro quo situation, that he was promised and given campaign support, and he produced some money orders, at that time. we
chuck brown [ music ] >> go go club, go go girls, go go music. i decided to call it go go music. >>> goes and goes that is how go go got its name. brown started the trendy sound in the nations capital in the 70s and it took off. straight ahead a look at his life and legacy. a morning filled with special guests, new and were influenced by the funk pioneer. >>> usually if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. sketchers paying out big time accused of being a little sketchy for its line of shoes that promised a toner and leaner body. are you in for a refund. >>> a woman paralyzed by a stroke does something she hasn't been able to do for 15 years, move on her own. more on this medical milestone. fox 5 morning news at 7 starts now. >>> good morning there is a live lookout side, a fine start to this day and it looks like it is going to be a spectacular day. maybe a spectacular couple of days as a matter of fact. this is thursday, may 17th, 2012. >>> we want to get right to the weather. tucker barnes, that was tucker, tony and tucker together, joining us with a look at th
's stalemate good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: we look at the latest partisan divide over the debt ceiling and assess how the issue could play out in this year's campaign. >> woodruff: then, we examine the case against former bosnian general ratko mladic as he faces charges of genocide and ethnic cleansing at the u.n. court in the hague. >> brown: from our "american graduate" series, ray suarez has the story of an eighth grader who turns to journalism to tackle violence in his middle school. >> if i didn't have a camera i would probably be led up with the wrong people and doing the wrong stuff and i wouldn't >> woodruff: margaret warner explores the dramatic results of a new study showing paralyzed patients moving their robotic arms just by thinking. >> brown: we update the trial of john edwards, as the defense rests its case without calling the former presidential candidate or his mistress to testify. >> woodruff: and we remember mexican writer carlos fuentes, whose prolific literary career spanned more than five decades. that's all
of a leg. >> they're trying to pay their respects to check brown. first of the attached on. it led to 10 inches of rain. the national hurricane center says it'll skimmed along the south carolina coast. it is expected to strengthen again. >> we have some rain. >> we did. still in a little bit out there. >> avoid do we get some rain. sticky look at some of the rainfall totals. germantown 1.5 inches. sterling 1.69. these are some of the highest accumulations' i could find. temperatures in the 60's. lingering sprinkles in southern prince george's county. just some widely separated light sprinkles. 72 in the district. 53 in winchester. the humidity will gradually drop throughout the day. it will not be as high. highs will be around 82 or 83. an isolated showers possible later on. cooler and less humid. a beautiful day tomorrow. this is exactly where we should be this time of year. >> the commute looks ok. no overnight construction to move out of the way. interstate travel is working in your favor in case you want to get out of dodge. nothing on 70 or 95 south into richmond north into baltimor
. 25 years. he shot and killed trooper wesley brown in june of 2010, coming up at 5:30, hear from coop are troon's partner, who was there that night and held -- >> the younger brother of two nfl stars is now charged with killing a tourist. 66-year-old gary dedrick died michael davis is now charged with his murder. he's in custody tonight charged with two other attacks as well. he's the brother of vernon davis and tonight tay davis. >> the a judge dropped charges against randy babbitt after a key piece of evidence failed to support the charges. julie has it latest now from fairfax. >> reporter: former faa chief randy babbitt being cleared of the charges that cost him his high-profile career. in early deficiency he was. >> it's been a -- there's a tough time. there's a lot of press and reaction. i'm glad it's over and ready to get rid ready in twes. babbitt had just left a nearby dinner party where he had had two and a half to three glasses of wine over the course of the evening. once babbitt was pulled over, officer morris gave him a breath test. he rej terd .07, below the legal limit.
qaeda and nazis, but it was not hazardous. >> ♪ >> fans are remembering chuck brown this morning, the man who helped bring the bogosgo-go scene to the map in d.c. jummy olabanji has more on our fans are honoring the local legend. >> they are honoring him through his music. fans gathered outside the howard theater last night in honor of tie-up brown. a new that he had been sick for several weeks, but that did not stop them from celebrating his life. >> my fans are the ones to keep the going. >> he loves his fans and his fans love him backed. >> i have loved him since i was 12 years old. >> i love that man. >> when news of the musician's in debt spread across the city said as quickly turned into a celebration of his life and legacy. >> the life and legacy of john brown if. >> his music filled the local airwaves and in every corner of the city, including the sidewalk in front of the street named in his honor. >> ♪ i don't hear you ♪ >> he told the story of how he grew up shining shoes on the streets of d.c. and then ended up going to prison where another prisoner gave him a g
brown. >>> and it was a fitting send off for the god father of go go. part gospel service and part go go concert. >> a whose who of politician -- a who's who of politicians for the three-hour plus funeral at the washington convention center. >> and today, the celebration had so much rhythm and beat. look at that. even the mayor is dancing, well, sort of. bruce johnson was inside the service. he joins us with the rest of the story. >> the nation's capitol have never seen this kind of memorial service. ♪ trouble don't last >> you know what, d.c.. >> chuck was so down to earth. he was just seen through and through. >> there are so many stories i have heard that their lives have been turned around with just three minutes of his time. he's just an incredible man. ♪ [ music ] >> it was a combination of gospel revival, happy hours. and go go concerts. it seems to have never end. show your problems. >> this is amazing. this brought the city together. people are just loving it. people are smiling. people are happy. >> we kept him going for soing long. he really loves the people. he loves d.c.
center with the opportunity to say good-bye to chuck brown better known as the godfather of go-go. ♪ ♪ >> this afternoon's home going service for chuck brown was a chance for fans to mourn and celebrate. it was the celebration, though, of the music and the spirit that he shared with the world. derrick ward at convention center now with more. >> reporter: well, indeed, jim. you know, on the official documents this was called the funeral. the first actually ever here at the convention center. but if you were inside it was a totally different mood. you called it right. you said home going service. it was more about celebrating chuck brown's life than it was about dwelling on the circumstances of his passing. ♪ ♪ >> the mood for the afternoon a round of go-go and some of the personal fafts of chuck brown. >> chuck was always about d.c. >> reporter: in a few minutes it was gospel go-go again. ♪ >> reporter: it was truly a home going service with brown in death as in life still front and center. physically, and in the hearts of other go-go pioneers. >> it's hours, our own t
the minute we hear he is speaking to the public. >> we turn to the celebration for chuck brown. thousands lined up for a chance to say goodbye to the godfather of go-go. city officials and celebrities told personal stories. sam ford has more. plucks somewhere between 10,012 thousand chuck brown fans packed into the convention center today to say goodbye to a legend. chad brown fans packed into the washington convention center. -- chuck brown fans packed into the washington convention center. it was like a rock concert. most were there to celebrate a life rather than born a death. they were from different walks of life but there to honor a man who created a type of music. >> he know it is here to stay, right? >> i am -- i have been listening to go since i was 16. >> he was mobbed whenever he appeared on the street. all generations of washingtonians. at the funeral wreath butyral the crowd exploded at another a figure -- marion barry. >> this may be the nation's capital, but gogo is the district's music thing to chuck brown. those who knew him more said it was about more. he said it was abo
.c. legend chuck brown. >> the "godfather of go-go" died a couple weeks ago after battling pneumonia. john gonzalez is live at the convention center with more. >> d.c. will come together one last time for chuck brown. this will be a funeral like no other. chuck brown's funeral this afternoon will include a well- planned program and a spontaneous program at times. it will go nearly four hours long at the convention center. a prayer service will include a number of speeches from the mayor to comedian mike epps and there will be music gospel music to a little bit of go-go music. his band will perform a medley of his well-known songs, his greatest hits. if tuesday's public viewing was any indication, there will be thousands and thousands of people here today. howard theatre believes about 12,000 people came to see brown's open casket earlier this week. the 75-year-old passed away about two weeks ago after complications with pneumonia. he was d.c.'s adopted son. the city will show that with a large crowd today. all 14,000 seats in the convention center will be filled this afternoon. the doors w
sad news to share right now. breaking news about d.c.'s own musical giant. chuck brown the godfather of go-go has died. brown had been hospitalized with pneumonia for the past two months. he had postponed several concerts. >> brown's musical career lasted 50 years. he got his start back in the 60s playing guitar for a latin band here in d.c. by the 1970s he created go-go, the musical genre that grew to define him and the district. in 1978 he had his first number one hit "busting loose" and in 2010 was nominated for his first grammy. chuck brown was 75 years old. again, dead this afternoon. stay tuned to news 4 for more on the life and legacy of chuck brown. >> you know he traveled the world. we both met him. he always came back and he always gave back. what a generous spirit and a big heart. >> he'll be missed by a lot of folks here and around the world. >> sure will. >>> he is fierce, fashionable, and he's unafraid to speak his mind. >> annapolis born christian siriano has his own fashion label and dresses big names like rihanna and lady gaga. eun yang checked out his new york studi
brown. they played his music and dance. and chuck brown 75-years-old, and had started gogo music. he played it for nearly four decades and really inspired an entire new genre of music. many bands pay him like a sea and say he was the reason why they started to play. we talked to his guitars and one of the local radio host who played his music. >> he said [inaudible] he hung with it. it did exactly what is said he would do. >> i knew he had been very sick, but still never prepared for that call. >> ofmany people here in the area call him a self-proclaimed choc aholic. no public memorial by the city has been announced, but city officials say this is something they're looking into. obviously something that his fans say they wan. >>t. >> police say mary kennedy, the estranged wife of robert kennedy jr. was found dead yesterday in the families, in new york. she was 52-years-old. sources tell abc news that she hung herself. they had four children. >> closing arguments get underway today in the john edwards conspiracy trial. he faces up to 30 years in prison if he is found guilt
to mother's day. >>> they call him the god father of gogo. chuck brown, he has not performed in more than two months leading to a lot of speculation and questions as to what exactly might be wrong with one of d.c.'s favorite citizens. bruce johnson went out today looking for answers and hopefully came back with some. bruce. >> we have some answers. he is being hospitalized right now. he's in baltimore. we should point out to people fairly new to the area, he is huge here. as somebody once said, chuck brown is to washington to elvis is to memphis. for nearly five decades, chuck brown has been the god father of d.c.'s original gogo sound. >> the jungle thing in him. what everybody wanted. all the kids wanted it. all the grownups want it. >> music never caught on like that, but the biggest recording artist sampled it over the years. they know chuck brown. 75 chuck browns have been absent from the stage for two months. his band performed in his absence, prompting rumors of his death throughout the internet. through independent sources, 9news now confirmed chuck brown is being treated in th
at age 63. >>> now to our local legend chuck brown. his voice was deep and raspy and drums were the heart beat of d.c. chuck brown wasn't always the godfather of go-go. derrick ward got some insight from brown's former drummer. he was there for the birth of the one of a kind sound. >> reporter: the godfather is gone but not forgotten. the mural along martin luther king avenue with chuck silhouetted atop the big chair speaks to his iconic status especially here in anacostia. >> god just wanted a person up in heaven with some go-go talent. that's why he brought him home so he cob comfortable and in a better place. >> he was the earliest producer to take notice of chuck brown. he heard him play at the old knights of columbus hall. >> doing basically a lot of blues and standard stuff, a lot of the current r & b hits but he always had that different sounding voice. you know, like marvin gaye, james brown. it was unduplicatable. no one could sound like chuck and no one ever will. >> reporter: that led to him producing brown's first big album "we the people." over the years brown's fame would cr
repairs. we'll keep you posted. back to you. ♪ >>> the unmistakable sound of chuck brown and one fan said chuck brown would want d.c. to party hard for him. brown died yesterday at 75. he was hospitalized yesterday. his death was the result of multiple organ failure due to sepsis. doctors discovered blood clots in his legs. >> they removed the clots, however brown later developed a case of pneumonia in the hospital. >> as news began the spread local radio stations played tributes to him. >> they flocked to the howard theater. bruce johnson has more. >> reporter: we're outside the historic howard theater. chuck brown couldn't be here for the grand opening some weeks ago, he's here tonight in spirits the hundreds if not even thousands of people gather. >> we lost a great one. we have to celebrate. >> i love chuck brown. i've been listening to him my whole life every school dance. >> reporter: mayor gray says he may open the washington convention center for chuck brown's funeral. >> chuck was a great human being and frankly a goodie
donna summer. >> the d.c. area also honors the godfather of go-go chuck brown. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. we start with the stunning news today the death of another popular singer disco queen donna summer died this morning. >> summer defined a genre. she had 19 number one dance hits including bad girls. she was just 63 years old. access hollywood's billy bush joins us live from california. another sad day in the music world. >> sure is. that is second only to madonna, that stat. it would be irresponsible to throw a '70s party without back-to-back donna summer. she died in florida in her home, 63 years old. it's reported it was lung cancer but that is not confirmed. also reported it is because of breathing the air after 9/11. that is not confirmed. but we celebrate the life of donna. neil bogard who founded her in the mid 70s from casablanca records launched her in europe. she was a giant hit in europe. nothing in the states for a while until finally record executives realized her records were selling all over the place. she was an undergr
, thousands gathering to pay last respects to chuck brown at the washington convention southwester. derrick ward joins us live with details. >> reporter: a big day it was indeed. no one can remember there ever being a funeral at the convention center. this is actually more like a go-go but judging by the reaction and responses to everyone here that was just fine. take a look at the scene now. it was more sweat than tears at this going home service for go-go i con chuck brown. in the hall that seated 14,000 people just about every seat was taken for testimonials from old friends, lots of music, and not just gospel but lots of go-go music as well. there were prayers and a mini concert at the end of the ceremony. lots of speakers from the city and from chuck brown's circle of friends and even his family. but among the most popular speakers today was ward 8 council member marion barry. >> chuck brown was about teaching people and reaching people. letting them know that they could be anything that they wanted to be. that they could perform anywhere they wanted to perform. another thing about chu
keep coming in for chuck brown. and karen has more. >> reporter: the howard theatre is honoring chuck brown with a slide show that is running non- stop inside the lobby here. around the corner on the streets and that is named after him, chuck brown way and there is that makeshift memorial on that lamppost. the entire region seems to be getting in and we just got back and they are going gaga overgogo. >> what are your memories? the memories of chuck brown? >> reporter: gogo radio.com is the internet is playing chuck brown 24/7. djs teaming up for interactive radio. >> and that is about that godfather. >> reporter: the fans are calling in to express their feelings. >> and to so many people. >> and called remembrances between the classic driving percussion of the go go beat that was undisputable chuck brown's own and you can't listen to the music without dancing to it. forty years after the godfather created go go they looked back on his legacy. he's the co-owner and said that chuck brown's creation was not just about the music and the feet. >> we're sellbrating him as we would and this
because of chuck. >> tell me what chuck meant to you. >> i am one of the members, chuck brown was an inspiration to everyone in washington. anybody who liked music should have been here, if they haven't been here, they should be. >> just about anybody and everybody has been down here to take a look. this wasn't your typical way. from the outside, there was laughter and spontaneous tributes to a 75-year-old man that made this city dance and sing for more than 50 years. >> i miss him already. he's a legend in d.c. i know him personally. >> what's your favorite song? >> i need money. >> go-go. >> leaders came by in droves this morning to pay their respect in private to a man who barely finished high school and who learned to play the guitar while playing guitar. >> go-go, unique to the district. chuck took it around the world and we're going to miss him. >> busting loose. but it don't mean a thing if it don't got the go-go swing. >> at the family's request, cameras were not allowed inside the howard theater, but chuck brown's children came out to share their thoughts. >>
. >>> it was a sendoff like no other. washington, d.c., had a find farewell to chuck brown today. and i hear there are many, many highlights. >> reporter: i'm having difficulty hearing you and you know what? it's hard to pick -- this is good they turned it over to chuck brown and to the musicians and the fans who were personally caught by the godfather of go go uck hear the calls of the funeral home in celebration and the party started long before the program and with some long lines outside and long lines inside. >> reporter: people stopped first to sign an oversized drawing. >> this is tough today. >> reporter: this longtime radio favorite played host. >> i'm a dj. and when i start it like this, hit it. throughout is the program it was a larger-than-lifevo. >> and every time i'm seven years old, started playing the piano. >> reporter: city officials are preparing permanent monuments. >> and i'm going to send over a piece of legislation to the council. >> chuck brown loved d.c. and we loved him back. >> reporter: d.c.'s congressional delegate is interviewing a resolutions to designate augus
his name is jayvon brown. he was last seen yesterday afternoon in the 1300 block of columbia road in northwest. news4's derek ward joins us live with more on the search. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we want to show you this picture again. we'll have even a better version of that for you again. the key is to get this young man's face out here as much as possible in hopes of finding him very soon. we want to show you the scene earlier this morning. police were out with dogs and remain in this neighborhood now searching. and i can tell you, you can't imagine a family's grief or just worry at not being able to find this young man. family members and friends have been out on their own doing a search. neighbors, family members walking the streets in hopes of finding young jayvon brown. he was last seen in this area of the 1300 block of columbia road at 11:00 yesterday afternoon. his family says it is not like him to go beyond the block. he usually hangs around here and plays with his friends. you can imagine the distress that they're feeling as we hear from young jayvons gra
royalty. the godfather of go-go chuck brown and the queen of disco donna summer. her first hit "let's dance" became an anthem at weddings and parties alike and she works hard for the money a mantra for women everywhere. ♪ she works hard for the money so hard for the money ♪ donna summer lost her battle with breast cancer today dying this morning in her florida home. summer broke into the music scene at the height of disco and even after it died off she successfully crossed over to have an award winning career as a pop singer. she won five grammys and had a string of number one hits. donna summer was just 63 years old. >>> music fans also mourning the loss of our own chuck brown. many say his music had a beat that plamade it impossible to s still. tonight we're seeing a new side of the music pioneer. news 4's derrick ward spoke to those who knew him as he became the godfather of go-go. >> reporter: upon word of his death fans gathered yoult side the howard theater for a vigil in chuck brown's honor. for some in our area the memories are tangible. juji was chuck's drummer for year
. >> what reverend brown says is a need for inclusion. >> there are people in this nation who happen to be gay or lesbian, and they deserve to have equal protection under the law. >> it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> president obama's historic endorsement pushed the subject back into the spotlight but former san francisco mayor and gavin newsom has a role in changing the national dialogue. he deidentified the law and allowed same-sex marriage at city hall. and today he was on "meet the press" to discuss the president's new position. >> i'm proud of the president and proud he is on the right side of hoyt and proud he did it during an election. >> reverend brown is quick to point out his church will not be performing same-sex weddings. he describes it as a wedge issue, design to divide the african-american community and diminish support for president obama. >> we're not going to be duped or fooled. let anybody do something that would derail the re-election of this man, mr. barack obama. >> but opponents to same
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convicted of killing a maryland state police trooper will learn his fate. he shot wesley brown back in 2010. brown was working part-time security at the applebee's. he removed him for being loud and disruptive. he returned later with a gun killing brown outside the res strauchblt prosecutors will ask for a live sentence without control. >>> this morning police are looking for three men who robbed and abducted man in fairfax county on his way to work. police say they forced the father into his car at gunpoint in the 6100 block of cumberland avenue in springfield early wednesday morning. police say they drove the victim to two banks and forced him to take out money. they then forced him into the trunk of his car and cut his face. he is expected to be okay. >>> virginia state police say there are no signs of foul play in the death of man whose body was found at a rest area. his body was found inside the car of a virginia welcome center. the car had out-of-state plates. his name has not been released. the state police shut down the rest area for a few hours to investigate. it's now reopened. >>
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brown. >> come on, d.c.! >> a lively public memorial for the godfather of go-go has just wrapped up at the d.c. convention center this afternoon. brown died may 16th at the age of 75. today city leaders talked about naming a day, a park, and a hall of fame in his honor. noting how his blend of percussian, funk, and call-in response lyrics helped define d.c.'s culture. brown's brothers say it wasn't just his music but his character that meant so much to his fans. >> chuck showed a lot of humility and love and cared for people in need. he took the time to sign autographs and embrace those who just wanted to say hello. >> news 4's derrick ward will have more on today's service and plans to honor chuck brown's legacy coming up at 5:00. >>> a breast feeding awareness campaign in washington state is sparking both applause and outrage. we should warn you we are going to show you some images that could be a bit revealing. the online campaign features a photo of two women in the air force breast feeding their babies. they're doing it in uniform. the air force did not approve this photo and s
appears in brown face portraying a bollywood producer. some critics have called it racist. the ad has now been pulled. and the company is apologizing. so we'll have more on that. >>> let us begin with a check of the morning's top stories from natalie morales joining us from the news desk. hey, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. secretary of state hillary clinton is in beijing as the fate of that blind chinese disdented is now up in the air. nbc's ian williams is in beijing. ian, good day to you. >> reporter: natalie, with the u.s. brokered deal unraveling, the face of chen guangcheng is turning into a diplomatic nightmare for hillary clinton. they were trying to make it look like business as usual. the secretary of state meeting top chinese officials this morning for previously scheduled talks. addressing human rights only in broad terms. >> we believe that all governments do have to answer to citizens' aspirations for dignity and the rule of law and that no nation can or should deny those rights. >> reporter: the real test of u.s./china relations was being played out across town. u.s. o
, bobby brown's first interview since the death of his ex-wife whitney houston. >> fans, people who say they were close to whitney, say her life went downhill when she met bobby brown. how do you respond to that? >> his answer in a raw and revealing interview with matt. >>> and feeling the heat. a mother charged with child endangerment for taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning booth. but she claims it's all a big misunderstanding "today," but she claims it's all a big misunderstanding "today," wednesday, may 2nd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> good morning, everybody, i'm savannah guthrie. matt is on assignment. and this morning u.s. officials are casting doubt on the taliban's claim that those suicide bombings were tied to president obama's visit, saying it would be hard to pull together a complex attack on such short notice. >> the president used his trip on the one-year anniversary of the death of osama bin laden to outline the future role of the u.s. military in afghanistan. in a speec
of trooper wesley brown. williams shot brown outside an appleby's in 2010. the judge called the murder a vengeful act. and sentenced him to life without parole, plus 20 years. trooper brown was working security part-time at the restaurant when he was thrown out for being disruptive. >> trooper brown's family said today is a great day for her family. and that she's happy justice has been served. >> there is a new name on the fbi's 10 most wanted list. adam mayes is accused of murdering a mother and daughter two years ago and kidnapping two daughters. mark strausman reports. an intense multistate manhunt is under way. >> we believe adam mayes could be anywhere in the united states and we are extremely concerned for the safety of the girls. >> reporter: the fbi will continue its intensive search for adam mayes, one of the most wanted in america. he is expected of killing joanne baines and her 14-year- old daughter adrian in their home last month. and kidnapping 12-year-old alexandria,a and 8-year-old kayleah. mayes mother says he believed he was their father. >> my daughter said he lives,
. a birthday kiss for david beckham in front of a packed house. >> they're blushing. >>> bobby brown talks about whitney houston's death. find out what he says about her drug use. ♪ >>> and find oust about the inspiration behind some of the top breakup and love songs. >>> the artist advancing to the finals is jermaine paul. congratulations. >> she nodded before they said it. alicia keyes' former backup singer beat gaithersburg native erin willett last night to advance to the finals of "the voice." willett celebrated her 23rd birthday on the national stage. she even told her coach blake shelton, let's go out and get drunk. erin and the three other semifinalists appeared on the "today" show this morning. erin talked about singing for her father who passed away during the taping of the show. >> i definitely had him with me the other night. it was really incredible, just basically taking in the entire moment. it kind of was an overcome with emotion type of situation and it's just incredible. i mean, to be part of the show and as far as i've come i can only be proud of myself and really just
.c. region is paying tribute to d.c. music legend chuck brown today. the crowds lined up for a public viewing. the line is so long, they stretch down the block and around the corner. fox 5s karen gray houston is at the viewing tonight in northwest. karen? >> reporter: this is exciting here. what you see happening here, it's kind of a picture block party, a fitting tribute to the father of go go and can you get your chuck brown f-shirts there and there is that long line, a spillover for fans who went earlier to pay their tribute and some are full of emotions, remembering chuck brown as they remembered him n a wide bridge hat, dressed as he would be if he was on stage. in this outpouring of support is a collective thank you from the nation's capitol and that is from the young. especially from some older followers, people who remember when it was on top of the r&b singles chart in 1979. some coming to say farewell including official washington, the mayor, and members of the d.c. council. >> from the very beginning, we hit it off as two individual whoops on the hard way, you know and chuck was in
. we'll see you starting at 7:00. >> we'll be watching. >>> the public viewing of chuck brown had to be cut short last night. police cleared the crowd around 8:30. they didn't want anyone to get hurt in the storms which moved through. thousands of people visited howard theatre tuesday to pay their respects to the godfather of go go music. brown died two weeks ago. he was 75. the scene resembled a street party, something people say brown really would have enjoyed. >> a great man that brought the city together through music. >> rest in peace, chuck. we love you. it will never be the same without you. ♪ feel like busting loose >> can't not love that music when it comes on. there will will be a public service for chuck brown tomorrow. doors open at 10:00 and the memorial begins at noon. >>> a police officer from the town of culpeper, virginia has been indicted on murder charges. >> prosecutors say he's to blame for the shooting death of patricia cook earlier this year and they say this was no accident. >> delia goncalves is live in our satellite center with both sides of this story.
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